The Alexandria Black History Museum hosts a new exhibit, Serving With Distinction: African Americans in Alexandria Public Safety, at the Museum, 902 Wythe St. Members of the Alexandria Fire Department staff will participate in a related gallery talk program on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum through Dec. 31.
Serving with Distinction honors the "trail blazers," black men and women who integrated Alexandria's public safety departments. The exhibition recalls the adversities African Americans faced and conquered; the personal and professional fellowship that emerged among the Fire, Police, and Sheriff's Departments; and the professional and personal involvement in community outreach they maintained during their careers.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call 703-838-4356.
Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year, painter Liang Wei, shows his exotic landscapes in the Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Open noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, through Oct. 15. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565, ext. 4.
New art collectors can look at new pieces and hear informative leactures on purchasing art on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Food and wine will be served. $15/person. More information can be found at www.torpedofactory.org or by calling 703-838-4565 x 2. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Looming Before Us, a juried show at the Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, opens in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory, on Oct. 17. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. The show runs through Nov. 12. Gallery hours at Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.Potomaccraftsmengallery.com.
An exhibit of Russian artist and illustrator Gennady Spirin at the Elizabeth Stone Gallery, 1127 King St., Suite 201. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28. Call 703-706-0025 or visit www.elizabethstonegallery.com.
Strictly from Nature at the Scope Gallery through Oct. 29, with decorative motifs from nature in work by the Ceramic Guild. In studio 19 of the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Call 703-548-6288.
Black's Gift to Color, a show of enhanced monotypes by Cora Rupp, combining color with black objects and screens to examine the impact of black on each colored shape in her botanical images. In Printmakers Inc., studio 325 of the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., through Oct. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, call 703-683-1342.
The Enamelists Gallery, in studio 28 of the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents a mini-show of work by Norma Wangel, to run through Nov. 5. Call 703-836-1561.
Full Moon on the Arabian Sea, a show of photographs by Clifford Wheeler and black and white prints by Peggy Fleming, on display through Nov. 5 at the Multiple Exposures gallery of the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., studio 312. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call 703-683-2205.
“Inflorescence: Photographs by Amy Lamb.” A collection of captivating botanical photographs shown at River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, through Nov. 5. Gallery open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Visit www.ahs.org or call 703-768-5700.
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road, exhibits "Off the Pages of Godey’s: A Guide to the Domestic Sciences" through the end of 2006. Admission is free. Call 703-838-4848.
Art in City Hall, a bi-annual juried exhibition, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon through March 23, at Alexandria's City Hall, 301 King St.
The Elizabeth Stone Gallery, 1127 King St., will be hosting A Magical World: Original Art, Limited Editions and Children's Books, with special guest Leslie Young, to benefit Neurofibromatosis research. Reception and book signing Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m.
Yuri Kokoyanin will have open studio shows at the Von Brahler Ltd. Gallery, 1437 Powhatan St., Oct. 21 and 22 and Nov. 18 and 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Bob Murray at 703-798-8686.
The Del Ray Artisans will present Bead It, a juried show of handmade beads and wearable and non-wearable bead art, through Oct. 29, Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m. at 2704 Mount Veron Ave. Call 703-838-4827 or visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.
Jan Moffat will have an opening reception for her work, Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m., at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Art will be displayed through Dec. 26.
The annual Del Ray Artisans' Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market will be held at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Dec. 2-3. There will be up to 20 different artists present. There will be a special evening Preview Reception Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m. A bake sale will be held in conjunction with the Market. Call 703-838-4827 or visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.
The Principle Gallery presents "The Artist's Process", Friday Oct. 20, 6:30-9 p.m. at 208 King St. Several gallery artists present works that demonstrate the artistic process from concept to study to finished painting. Contact 703-739-9326 or www.principlegallery.com.
Foxhall Gallery, 3301 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington DC, will exhibit a sculpture collection by Karen Swenholt, through Nov. 4. Contact Jerry Eisley, 202-966-7144 or visit www.foxhallgallery.com. She has had art studios in both Arlington and Alexandria.